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GM student becomes a Displate artist

Tue, 2019-03-12 10:43

A General McLane High School budding artist is quickly learning how to utilize the internet as a market for artwork.

Prior to last week, senior Eric Johnson’s only artwork sold was during Edinboro University’s Highland Games & Scottish Festival’s Plein Air. Now, he is now selling his creations on, an online marketplace that prints artwork onto metal posters.

“I take inspiration from a lot of different things, but I really want my work to be original. I love creating new things and different ideas, so the items on the site are the result of that,” Johnson said.

Johnson started selling his artwork on the website after General McLane High School digital art teacher Karen Hodas recommended he apply for the site’s Create Eight Art Challenge, a contest for artwork collections. In order to apply for the contest, he needed to be an approved artist on the site.

Just this week, Johnson received notification that his artwork was approved and officially up for sale.

“I’m not really expecting to make money off of this, it’s just for fun,” Johnson said. “But, it was cool when I received notification that it was up. I’m happy to have the opportunity to sell it.”

Johnson is currently taking an independent study in digital art with Mrs. Hodas.

For Johnson, this isn’t the first independent study program he has utilized at General McLane High School. In fact, he’s already taken two other ones.

“I’ve always enjoyed doing art, so I’ve taken as many art classes as I possibly can,” he said. “For me, the independent study really allows me to be independent and build on my skills. Personally, I make the best use of my time and have been able to improve tremendously.”

Johnson has created around 50 different types of artwork during his time.

“The thing with what I am doing right now is that in a month, I’ll look back and know I can do better, that’s the down side to what I am doing,” he said. “It’ll level out at some point, but I am constantly practicing so I can improve and set into my own style.”

The eight pieces that he submitted to were his favorites from the month, he said. His favorite is one that he created using black and white line art.

Next year, Johnson will attend Edinboro University’s Art program. He would like to pursue a career in Digital Concept Art.

Johnson’s artwork can be found here:

Congratulations to Eric!

GMHS students create stop motion animation

Mon, 2019-03-11 14:12

Last week, General McLane High School students learned a basic process of animation used in commercials, music videos, television shows and feature films.

Kirstie Fitzpatrick, a High School Regional Outreach Representative at Full Sail University, visited Ms. Mumau’s Literature and Film class to teach students a lesson on stop motion animation, or animation that is captured one frame at time.

Using objects and Stop Motion, a software that creates animated films, students became animators of their own films!  Here is the winning film from Ms. Mumau’s class.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Fri, 2019-03-08 12:54

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Izzy Borrero
Nicole Baron
Cassia Myers
Kody Etzel
Daquan Simione

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

2nd graders celebrate Dr. Seuss

Thu, 2019-03-07 15:29

Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrations were in full swing last week at McKean Elementary School.  Second graders enjoyed some “Green Eggs and Ham” (made with pudding and vanilla wafer cookies), participated in literacy and math centers themed around individualized Dr. Seuss books and even hung out in the Dr. Seuss photo booth!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

School officials provide Safe2Say Training

Thu, 2019-03-07 14:26

This week, General McLane High School principals Dan Mennow and Pam Mackowski, as well as School Resource Officer Jose Montes, provided its Safe2Say Training to all high school students.

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG). The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” before it is too late.

Individuals submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system via a mobile app, website, or 24/7 phone line. All information is received and triaged by the OAG crisis center and provided to schools and 911 dispatch as necessary.

Crystals at GMHS

Thu, 2019-03-07 13:24

What better way to study crystals and their structures than to create one themselves.

That’s exactly what General McLane High School students have done as they prepare for Clarion University’s Chemistry Crystal Growing Competition. Students grew their crystal from a compound on the approved compounds list.

Today, students in Mr. Wheeler’s AP Chemistry class and students from the Learning Support Class met  to weigh their crystals and do their final prep before sending their gems to Clarion University’s Chemistry Department.

Their formations will be judged against other schools across the state.



Parker PRIDE winners

Tue, 2019-03-05 14:20

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Abby Langer
Kyle Malec
Trevor Wozniak
Maddie Rotko
Shelby Eichner

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

General McLane students move on in Reflections Contest

Tue, 2019-03-05 09:49
Various General McLane students finished top in the region for the annual Reflections Program. Hosted by JWPMS’ PTSA and McKean Elementary PTA, students were first judged at the District-level and then judged at the Erie County and Regional level. Projects now will move on to the state level. The Erie County Reflections Ceremony was held at McDowell Intermediate School. McKean Elementary students included Maxwell Narpes, Etta Spires, Parker Howard, Annie Howard, Courtney Goodwill, Alex Cooney and Ely Cooney. James W. Parker Middle School students included Chloe Kiser, Kiera Schoolcraft, Kaylee Himes, Milo Kline, Gurneet Kaur, Kenna Shaut and Jackson Kiser. Other JWPMS students who were recognized at the District-level include:  Jane Howard, Isabella Alvarado, Allanna Puller, Riley Lorah and Jaela Moir. The National PTA Reflections program supports student success and serves as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. All grades and abilities are invited to participate in this program, which celebrates the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Heroes Around Me was the theme for the 2018-2019 school year. Students completed works in original 2D & 3D art, photography, music, dance, literature, and film.

Congratulations to our winners and all those who participated in this year’s program!

Here are some of the works submitted:

McKean’s Kindergarten Engineers

Tue, 2019-03-05 09:37

McKean Elementary School kindergarteners became engineers yesterday.

Through Penn State Behrend’s Youth Outreach Program, students read the book 21 Elephants and then completed a STEAM challenge where they built their own bridges to get the animals across. Students used a limited amount of supplies to test their engineer skills and construct their bridge.

Each McKean Elementary Kindergarten classroom received the presentation from Penn State Behrend.



Read Across America 2019

Fri, 2019-03-01 14:17

General McLane High School students continued the tradition and visited both McKean and Edinboro Elementary School to read to the students in honor of Read Across America Day, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Students also talked to the students about their interests, hobby and future plans.

This celebration started in May 1997, when a small reading task force at NEA came up with the idea to create a day in celebration of reading. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.


Veley speaks to General McLane students and parents

Wed, 2019-02-27 08:06

Yesterday, General McLane School District hosted youth speaker and bullying expert Jeff Veley for both students and parents. He spoke about building emotional resilience to empower children and improve campus culture.

The District brought in Veley as an integral step in helping build more resiliency in our students and the situations they face every day, says James W. Parker Middle School Associate Principal Justin Whitford. Through his perspective and experience, Veley inspired students to take charge of difficult situations.

Veley is an an international award-winning youth motivational speaker specializing in resilience education for bullying prevention. His fun and engaging presentations inspire students to be resilient and teaches them how to leverage their adversities for psychological growth.

Veley presented seven different presentations throughout the day; five to students K-12 and two presentations for parents. More than 100 were in attendance between the two parent presentations.

General McLane has hosted a handful of presentations for parents in the community. This past Fall, the District hosted a School Safety presentation. Last year, the District brought in Mental Health Expert Kim Morrow.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Tue, 2019-02-26 20:24

Congratulations to last week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Owen Eisert
Josh Williams
Alyssa Bentley
Mattie Caro
Cameron Ashbaugh

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

JWPMS students place in Mathcounts Competition

Mon, 2019-02-25 15:56

James W. Parker Middle School’s MATHCOUNTS team placed fourth out of 18 schools during their regional competition this past weekend at Gannon University.

Six students placed in the top 25%.  Students included Genevieve Preston, JC Williams, Shane Dexter, Jade Graves, Sadiyah Dexter and Nathanael Robbins.  Nathanael Robbins placed 9th overall and competed in the Countdown Round!

The national MATHCOUNTS program was founded in 1984 to expand on the normal middle school mathematics curriculum.  This program focuses on mathematics, science, and technology to hopefully excite students into the engineering and mathematics careers.  The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in mathematics throughout the United States.

Congratulations to our students!

McKean students write biographies

Thu, 2019-02-21 14:52

McKean Elementary School second graders are communicators in the making!

Through their biography project, students in Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s class learned all about informational writing. Students researched a self-selected person of interest, made timelines, wrote a published piece describing the accomplishments of their life and created Biography Buddies as final project. Biography topics included Rosa Parks, Thomas Edison, Jackie Robinson, Amelia Earhart and so many more!

February Students of the Month

Tue, 2019-02-19 13:18

James W. Parker Middle School announced its February Students of the Month.

  • 5th – Positive – Daniel Sychuk
  • 6th – Respect – Magdalen Kennedy
  • 7th – Integrity – Alanna Puller
  • 8th – Determination – Chandler Kopystecki
  • Exploratory – Empathy – Johnathan Kavelish

The Parker Pride students of the month recognizes students throughout the entire building, in grades 5 through 8.

PRIDE is an acronym for Positive, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy.  Through this program, the school recognizes students that exemplify these character traits every day. Each month, one of the grade level teams is assigned a character trait in a rotating basis. The teams are: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and exploratory. These teams are responsible for nominating students and then selecting one student that best exemplifies that specific trait.

Students selected are recognized over the announcements and then meet with JWPMS associate principal Justin Whitford, who shares the reason why they were selected. Their pictures, grade and character traits are then posted on a banner outside of the gym lobby for the month. Additionally, students are invited to a breakfast celebration and can bring a friend.

The program launched this year with the start of the middle school’s new Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which is a program based on a national model to promote positive behavior growth. This new model focuses on shifting students’ mindsets with recognition, rewards and celebrations.

Although similar, this program is different from the PBIS Parker Pride weekly winners.

Parker Pride Students of the Month (Running List)

January 2019

5th – Empathy – Jaela Moir
6th – Positive – Madelin Barto
7th – Respect – Chance Kimmy
8th – Integrity – Sierra Griffith
Exploratory – Determination – Julia Scrutchins

December 2018
5th – Determination – Phillip Gocal
6th – Empathy – Jane Howard
7th – Positive – Allisyn Stuck
8th – Respect – Nathanael Robbins
Exploratory – Integrity – Kyle Cousins

November 2018
5th – Integrity – Midori Zheng
6th – Determination – Estella Menc
7th – Empathy – Annika Semoe
8th – Positive – Abby Walker
Exploratory – Respect – Bailey Cannon

October 2018
5th – Respect – Charlie Salvo
6th – Integrity – Bryce Mulligan
7th – Determination – Maya Egloff
8th – Empathy – Talon Frick
Exploratory – Positive – Peter Alberti

September 2018
5th – Positive – Zoey Delaney
6th – Respect – Noah Saulsgiver
7th – Integrity – Scout Adamski
8th – Determination – Thomas Langer
Exploratory – Empathy – Pacey Moran

Floating with marbles

Tue, 2019-02-19 13:10

James W. Parker Middle School’s budding scientists are learning early concepts of how boats float!

Mrs. Santos’ fifth graders discovered how boats float and sink through a recent science project. Students used materials from home to sketch, design and engineer a boat that would float while carrying marbles.  Following their creation, students wrote a description on the special features of the boat that make it unique.

McKean students spread sweetness

Mon, 2019-02-18 08:50

McKean Elementary School students in Mrs. Iaquinta’s class were ‘spreading a little sweetness’ last week.

They traveled to McKean Elementary classrooms delivering hot cocoa treats to their peers.

Parker PRIDE Winners

Mon, 2019-02-18 08:42

Congratulations to this week’s Parker PRIDE winners:

Riley Lorah
Dakota Miller
Hudson Spires
Alexandra Hromyak
McCall Eichner

James W. Parker Middle School’s Parker PRIDE program is a new program that launched from the school’s PBIS initiatives. Each week, five students will be recognized for exhibiting the positive behavioral expectations set. Students will be selected randomly from those who have earned “tickets” throughout the week. Students selected will choose an incentive from a list of five choices. This is only for grades 5 and 6.

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. to take the stage at James W. Parker Middle School

Thu, 2019-02-14 14:19

James W. Parker Middle School’s spring musical is right around the corner.

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. takes the stage February 22-23 at General McLane High School’s auditorium.

A special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr. follows Tevye the milkman as he tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. on February 22 and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on February 23.

Tickets, which are $7 for adults, $3 for students, are available in the Middle School Office. Tickets will also be available at the door. It is cash only.

Students cast for the musical include Aiden Dougan (Tevye), Erin Mennow (Golde), Abby Walker (Tzeitel), Cierara Bower (Hodel), Elizabeth Jankowski (Chava), Cassidy Swain (Sprintze), Abby Langer (Beilke), Justus Miller (Motel), Myles Bruce (Perchik), Shane Dexter (Lazar Wolf), Chloe Kiser (Grandma Tzeitel), Tobeigh Ingram (Fruma-Sarah), Katelynne Langer (Fiddler), Sami Bennett (Yente),  Talon Frick (Constable) Peter Jonas (Fyedka), Jonathan Anthony (Mordcha), Sebastian Wegner (Yussel), JC Williams (Avram), Dylan Boulder (Rabbi), Ethan Pifer (Mendel), Benjamin Kernick (First Russian Soldier) and Peter Alberti (Second Russian Soldier).